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30.11.16

Relaxing Winter Evening Essentials


There is nothing I love more than a relaxing evening in - especially during the colder months!

As soon as I'm home for the night I'm straight into something comfy. I picked up some gorgeous new fluffy bottoms from New Look (pictured) and I've hardly taken them off since getting them. Something else that keeps me going through the evening is tea! I love green tea, peppermint tea and when I fancy something sweet peppermint and liquroice is surprisingly pretty good, and stops me craving chocolate - kind of.

This post wouldn't be complete without mentioning candles. I found my perfect home scent by taking the Amara quiz, if you love a good quiz then you need to take it, it basically confirmed my love for floral scents and helped me decide on some new candles to try this winter. The Neom Happiness candle* is my favourite, it kicks of a gorgeous floral scent that isn't too girly - perfect all year round.

For atleast half an hour of the evening I'm really trying to make sure that I stay away from my phone - although even that is proving hard. I do feel better for it and to replace my laptop/ social media I'll either read a book or play some music. I really wish I was one of those people that loved to read, but in all honesty I actually become bored and uninterested so quickly. I read Gone Girl like most so thought that The Girl on The Train would be fitting. Music wise I love pretty much anything, Spotify is an aboslute god send, if you're a music lover and want an easy way to have everything in once place, you need to try Spotify.

Skincare is part of my routine every evening, but a couple of nights a week I'll put in a little more effort. The Beauty Pro Rejuvenating Collagen mask* is only £4.99, so on the more affordable side when it comes to sheet masks and it's well worth investing in during the winter months. Addmitedly the slimey texture does take some getting used to, but this did leave my skin feeling really good and looking radiant. Another favourite is the Kiehls Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, this is so good if you are looking to add hydration and radiance to the skin.

I'm going to be posting every other day throughout December, but fingers crossed I'll still make time for the odd relaxing evening in!

28.11.16

Christmas Gifts for Her Under £30!



One of the things I love most about Christmas is being able to treat/ spoil my loved ones. I always try my best to think of gifts they will love, ones that are both practical but also a luxury that they probably wouldn't treat themselves to. Here are my top picks under £30 that will suit women of all ages and interests!

At Christmas you really can't go wrong with a luxury candle. A new discovery for me are The White Company candles, they are well priced at £20 for their standard size and the scent really does fill the room- their Winter candle is a must this Christmas. Another candle option is from Jo Malone, their travel candles are £22, allowing that extra element of luxury without breaking the bank. I have the Pomegranate Noir scent which is perfect for winter.

When it comes to fragrance gift sets, I never really use the body lotion/ shower gel that often comes with them, so they almost seem a bit of a waste to me! However, this year the Ghost Fragrance Gift set* is right up my street - because for £25 not only do you get a fragrance but also a candle of the same scent! I will definitely be making use of both of these.

Sticking with things that smell good, the This Works Sleep Together set  - £25 is the perfect gift for those people that you don't have a clue what to buy. I was lucky enough to win this in a giveaway from the lovely Amanda, and since receiving it and spritzing my pillow with the Deep Sleep spray, my sleeping has improved dramatically! I have ordered another set to give as a gift this Christmas as I just think it's fab!

I know a lot of people joke about getting socks for Christmas, but I don't think receiving a pair of luxury socks is something to grumble about! The White Company and Hobbs have some gorgeous cashmere socks, slightly over the £30 mark (although they do currently have 20%) but a fab gift if again, you are struggling with what to buy someone. Marks and Spencer and even places like New Look have some nice options at more affordable prices too.

The last two bits are under £10 so perfect if you are on a budget, or looking for some nice stocking fillers. The Anthropology Gold Monogram mug - £8 has does it's rounds on Instagram over the years, but it is lovely, and I think anyone would love one. Filled with some chocolates or someones favourite sweets along with the personalised element, this actually makes a really special little present. Another stocking filler type gift is the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm, I swear by this in the colder months and keep it on my bed side table as a overnight treatment, this is perfect for any liquid lipstick lover or someone that loves their skincare.

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Have you done all of your Christmas shopping yet?

24.11.16

Christmas Gifts For The Beauty Lover

With so many Christmas gift sets from brands and limited edition products - here are the bits you can get all year round that ANY beauty lover is bound to be smitten with...

I know there are a lot of gift guides floating around, but I just couldn't help myself. There are a few key brands that I have gravitated towards this year, first up is the only skincare brand I mention in this post - Kiehl's! Since trying their Ultra Facial Cream for the first time back in January, I have been loyal ever since. What makes Kielh's such a fab option for gifting is their 28 day return policy, if a product doesn't work for you then you can return it within the first 28 days of purchase. There are some best sellers from Kiehl's such as their Midnight Recovery Concentrate which I'm sure any beauty lover would be happy with - atleast I know I would be *hint hint*

I couldn't write this post without mentioning the Zoeva eyeshadow palettes. A lot of people gravitate towards Urban Decay palettes to gift - I can see why, they're stunning! However Zoeva have a gorgeous range at half the price. The palette pictured is the Cocoa Blend, if you know a beauty lover who doesn't already have this, they need it! 

Eyeshadow palettes are one of those things you just can't have too many of, and the same goes for makeup brushes. I wanted to mention one brand in particular - Look Good Feel Better. This brand is actually a charity that dedicates itself to improving the lives of women who are undergoing the treatment of Cancer. Christmas is a time for giving and I just couldn't think of a better gift than these brushes. I have the blush brush*, it is amazing quality and it's now my go to for bronzing. I have my eye on the Makeover brush set too. Even if you are looking into treating yourself to some new brushes, you should definitely give LGFB a try.

No beauty Christmas gift guide is complete without a little Charlotte Tilbury. I have my eye on the Dolce Vita palette (potentially a Christmas present to myself) but the lipsticks make such a gorgeous, luxurious present I just had to mention them. Lipsticks can be hard to get right for others, but the shade "Bitch Perfect" from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a perfect nude that is universally flattering - I don't think you can go far wrong with it! 

A couple of stocking filler bits that I just had to mention. The Lush lip scrubs are a winter essential for me, any liquid lipstick lovers out their need to have one! Another safe gift for a beauty lover is the Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray, the travel sized version is under £10 making it affordable and it's one of those beauty products a lot of people get on with. I use this every single day and it really does make a difference to how long my makeup lasts!

I would love to know what beauty bits/ brands you gravitate towards to gift people? I know I have a fair few beauty bits on my list this year!

21.11.16

My Holy Grail Foundation


Double wear is like the marmite of the foundation world, you either love it or hate it. I have been a lover of double wear for about 5 years now, and I tend to wear it most days... Here's why. 

I have oily skin that tends to break down makeup pretty quickly during the day. With most foundations, by midday it has practically disappeared and I'm left with a patchy looking mess that ruins any other blusher, highlighter or bronzing products that I use over the top. 

On my annoyingly hard to manage skin, Estee Lauder Double Wear  -£31 stays put. I apply a small amount to the centre of my face (where my skin is most oily) and blend that outwards with a buffing brush. Applying a thin layer not all blemishes are covered and double wear mimics a medium coverage foundation. Adding an extra, thin layer of foundation creates a flawless base perfect for those times when I need just a little more coverage. 

The thing I love about this foundation is that it lasts, by midday (when doing my makeup at 6.30am) my base is still intact - and for me, that's a confidence boost. Shade wise, I used to use Fresco which is the top swatch in the picture, I naturally have a pink under tone but I tend to wear some sort of fake tan throughout the week, so I've found that a better shade match for me is actually Desert Beige (the swatch below), which has more of a neutral/ warm yellow undertone matching the shade of my neck much better. The shade range of Estee Lauder foundations is pretty amazing and I'm sure there would be the perfect match for anyone, from extremely light shades to much darker skin tones.

I'll admit the glass bottle is a bit of a pain when it comes to travel and using the product, but that isn't something that will stop me repurchasing. 

OVERVIEW

Coverage: Buildable, mainly a full coverage foundation but can be toned down by using less product and blending the product.

Comfort: Ok! By the end of the day I'm ready to take off my makeup and get on with my skincare routine, but who isn't. Throughout the day I don't really feel this foundation on my skin,

Value for money: I think so... As far as high end foundations go the £31 price tag is pretty average. I find a bottle lasts me around 6 months, so I'm more than happy to pay the price. I haven't found a full coverage, long wearing foundation that matches this yet.

Staying power: All day wear. This really is "Stay-in-place" makeup as the front of the bottle says - the exact reason why I love it!

Suitable for: Normal - oily skin types that need something long lasting with a good coverage. I think that this could cling to dry patches so if you do have dry skin it may not be the best for you.

Finish: Matte, but on a oilier skin type this will turn to a satin look throughout the day. Thankfully this doesn't end up looking oily and patchy, but works with the skins natural oils leaving a base that still looks flawless even after 10-12 hr.

Oxidation: Nope, no oxidising from this foundation for me. I would say that once the foundation has dried down it may turn slightly darker, but nothing that would mean having to change your shade.

I think this is one of those foundations that you shouldn't knock until you try. I'm tempted by the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation, but I'm already pretty certain that nothing will beat this for me...

What's your holy grail foundation?

17.11.16

Blush Pink Favourites + Wishlist


If you're a regular reader you'll know that my obsession with blush pink is real...

Over the past few months I have found myself gravitating towards pretty much anything in this shade - it's even the main colour for my wedding! Don't get me wrong I'm loving all of the current more autumnal tones, but my love for this colour just isn't budging!

CLOTHING

I snapped up this absolutely beautiful lace top from Zara a couple of weeks back, not only is this a bargain at £15.99, it is really nice quality and manages to dress up an outfit. For my graduation I picked up a blush pink lace dress from Dorothy Perkins of all places, not somewhere I usually shop in but as soon as I saw this dress I knew it was what I wanted to wear for the day.



BEAUTY

I have already spoken about this in my Autumn skincare routine post, but not only does the Magnitone* look lovely it has really managed to change my skin for the better. I have oily skin prone to breakouts so being able to deep clean has made such a massive difference. This has become an essential in my routine now, even on those nights where the last thing I want to do is a full blown skincare routine, I actually look forward to using this.

I remember the first time I tried the original Stella McCartney and I absolutely loved it, for my birthday this year my mum surprised me with the Stella Eau De Toilette. I actually prefer this to the original, it still has the same recognisable Stella scent except without being too over powering. For me this is a great all year round sort of scent, although it's a floral fragrance it definitely feels A/W appropriate.


OTHER

You're probably going to be shocked with this next one, but the quote pictured below was under £2 from the Card Factory. I was picking up a card for a friends birthday and ended up leaving with half a dozen other things for myself - typical... but I couldn't leave this behind. Not only does it look pretty but I actually really love the quote, and it works well for blog photography too.

Lastly I had to give a mention to The Life- Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, I have only just started reading this but so far I'm really enjoying it. I'll be honest, I'm getting much better with age but I'm naturally a worrier, and I always care about what people think of me. In a bid to finally have the confidence to start a YouTube channel and not care what people will think/ say, I decided to finally give this book a read. I this works and manages to change my mindset, then it certainly will be a form of magic!


So they were some of the lovely blush pink things I currently own, in addition to those I have put together a mix of fashion & lifestyle bits below that I would love to add to the collection...


If this post wasn't enough and you want to drool over some more blush pink goodies, then I recommend heading over to Lily's blog Pintsizedbeauty where you will find a fabulous blush pink wish list post. Plus, if you're looking for some Christmas gift inspiration (or some "treat yo self" inspiration) then Georgie from Asyouwishuk has wrote a stunning blush pink Christmas gift guide - I want everything!

Which colour are you lusting over at the minute?

15.11.16

The Wedding Wishlist

First of all, let me bring you up to speed... After a stressful few months of venue hunting, it turns out that the first place we visited that I just couldn't get out of my mind will (fingers crossed) be our wedding venue! We are hoping to book it before Christmas and get married April 2018 - finally a bloody plan is forming!

With the worry of finding a venue is out of the way, so many other ideas are starting to take shape. As of now the main colour scheme will be that beautiful blush pink and gold. With all the current wedding excitement I have decided to make a wedding wishlist, sharing some of the bits and bobs I have spotted that have got me excited for the big day...

I have been advised not to over decorate - and I completely agree. As much as I love very intricate details, I don't want to over complicate it and have too many bits and bobs dotted around the venue. I'm going to stick with candles, flowers and balloons/ lanterns as my main decor features. I recently received this gorgeous Kate Spade Candle - Pretty and Witty* not only does it match my colour scheme but it is a beautiful fresh lily scent that will work perfectly for my spring wedding. Speaking of scent, as I'm hoping to get married in April, I think Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede will be the perfect fragrance. I remember the moment I first tried this and and as cheesy as it sounds, I felt prettyyyyy special. I'm hoping to have a consultation and maybe combine this with another Jo Malone cologne.

I'm slightly Kate Spade obsessed, so when I saw these Mr & Mrs Balloons I actually smiled and thought how lovely they would look as a feature in the wedding photography - but, they are incredibly hard to get hold of. Alternatively I did see lots of notonthehighstreet.com that are good alternatives! I also spotted this mirror from Kate Spade and thought it would be something nice to use throughout the day, especially with the quote on the casing - surely this counts as something blue, right?

I'm feeling positive with the progress we've made over the past few months. I kept trying to cram my ideas into just one wedding theme such as rustic or vintage, but they just didn't fit - I feel so much more relaxed just following my own style and being happy with what I love! My other half is actually away with work for four months next year - so I'm sure to have plenty of time on my hands for any DIY or bigger things that need to be arranged.

What does your dream wedding look like? Do you have any idea of colour scheme?

Three of the images used in main picture are from Pinterest. Any items that have with a asterix* are PR samples

13.11.16

Is the Morphe 35O worth the hype?


Honestly, I got a little bored of all the hype around the Morphe 35O - but then I got my hands on one! The website www.falseeyelashes.co.uk, well known for helping us out with our lash needs now stocks the Morphe 35O! With 35 different shades providing a mixture of both shimmer and mattes, this palette appears to have everything I need. I'm going to go through the palette row by row and come to a conclusion as to whether I think it is worth all the fuss...




ROW ONE & TWO 

The first two rows are the ones I favour the least out of the whole palette, but I will still be getting some use out of them. Some of the lighter matte shades are slightly chalky in texture, although the first pale shade does act as a good base for any look as it does have a fair amount of pigmentation. These two rows house some great crease/ transition colours that would work perfect to seamlessly blend a smokey eye look, but on their own they're a bit bland.

I love both of the warm orange/ red tones at the end of each row, they compliment blue eyes really well and the pigmentation is pretty impressive when teamed with the Urban Decay Primer Potion. The shimmer shades out perform the mattes as they are beautifully pigmented and that does transfer to the eyelids well, but some of the matte shades could be on the softer side.


ROW THREE

Now we're talking... I think the swatches say it all, just look at how flippin' gorgeous these shades are - I wish they had names! The 2nd one in from the bottom isn't really for me as I tend to stay clear of cool toned shadows, but the rest of them are perfect and these on there own make the palette worthy of investment. The shimmery shade is almost like a foiled eyeshadow giving off amazing pigmentation, to get the most out of this shadow I like to apply it using my finger, that way there is less fall out and it applies to the eyelid exactly as it looks swatched.


ROW FOUR:

Like row 3 this is another gorgeous selection of shadows. Highly pigmented, soft and easily to blend they certainly don't feel like eyeshadows that cost less than £1 each! I can see me getting a lot of use out of these over the festive season, paired with a red lip I think some of the darker, chocolate brown shades will look stunning. These shadows are pigmented and the mattes on this row were the softest in the palette, they are certainly comparable to the MAC and MUG eyeshadows I own.



ROW FIVE 

The last row has all of the darker shades in the palette. For me I feel like a lot of other palettes lack variety when it comes to darker shades only including one or two, which are often a dull brown or black. Obviously as this palette has 35 shades, I'm now spoilt for choice. I love using dark matte shadows in the outer corner to add more of a dramatic finish to a makeup look. I also find using warm, dark brown shadows as eyeliner with a small angled brush looks so much softer and compliments my eye colour better than black. The last two shades of this row are also pretty special additions to the palette, the end shade reminds me of MAC's Amber Lights, which is one of my all time favourite individual shadows.




OVERALL THOUGHTS

Pigmentation

Hit and miss, some of the paler shades could have more pigmentation but the majority of them when paired with a good primer are seriously impressive - especially the shimmer shades!

Longevity 

Surprisingly, these lasted really well on me. I have oily eyelids and I didn't notice any creasing or movement when wearing a combination of the shadows. I decided to test the red/ warm orange shades as they are often the most chalky/ least pigmented in eyeshadow palettes, but they are actually pigmented without being chalky and feel fairly soft.

Value for money

This palette is incredible value for money and a fab way for people to experiment with colour and create so many different looks.

Fall out 

I did notice more fall out with these compared to my MAC and Urban Decay shadows, but when wearing eyeshadow I tend to do my base first anyway, so for me it really isn't a issue.

Packaging

It feels sturdy yet incredibly lightweight. This palette is so slim making it will be perfect for travel. I have also found that the individual pans are really secure within the palette casing, so fingers crossed there will be no accidents with it!

Overall, I really do think this is worth the hype. I'm not even a massive eyeshadow wearer but I know for the occasions when I do want to wear shadow I'll be reaching for this.

p.s. I've just checked and it's still instock at falseeyelashes.co.uk! - £24

What are your thoughts on the Morphe 35O palette? Have you tried it yet?

9.11.16

The Best High End Concealer



We all know there's a lot of hype around these 3 high end concealers, there seems to be a divide with some loving the Nars offering, a fair few preferring that from Urban Decay, and a couple raving about Too Faced. Being the makeup addict I am, I wanted to test all 3 and see how they compared...

Starting with the first I tried which was the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer (£17.50). After just one use I fell head over heels for this, a little goes a long way and used with a damp beauty blender under my eyes, it covers a lot. This feels hydrating and comfortable - like all of the concealers I use I set this with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, in combination with this it lasts around 6 hours with no creasing/ loss of coverage.

For under the eyes it is incredibly brightening, long lasting and hydrating, making it a good option for all skin types, but especially dry skin as it sits well without clinging to any dry patches. The shade "fair neutral" is very light so perfect for highlighting, this is also slightly more yellow toned rather than pink, helping to counteract any blue/ dark bags.

 1) Urban Decay   2) Too Faced    3) Nars

On a whim in the Oxford Street Debenhams I decided to pick up the Too Faced "Born this Way" Concealer (£18), the assistant was really unhelpful making the experience pretty hectic - but that's a story for another day! I ended up going for the shade "Very Fair" which isn't actually that fair at all, but it does have a yellow undertone which works well for covering dark circles. This concealer is definetly best suited to someone with dry skin who doesn't need much coverage, it is very hydrating but for me it creased far too much. The formulation is incredibly watery and it lacks the coverage I need for the 6am starts. This didn't last too well on me either, I looked tired and as if I hadn't even applied concealer by mid day.

Lastly, having tried the other two I knew I needed to pick up the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22.50) spoiler alert, I've saved the best till last. You thought the Urban Decay concealer sounded good? For me this just ticks all the boxes as it is long lasting, covers dark circles and doesn't crease!

I find the name of Nars products to be really deceiving, when I think of "radiant" I expect a light weight, light/ medium coverage concealer, but this stuff is industrial! The formulation is much thicker than the other two concealers (which I think you can see from the swatches) but it doesn't feel heavy. Again using the Laura Mercier powder this just doesn't budge. I have the shade Vanilla, from the swatches you can see that it isn't the lightest shade, but it has that yellow undertone so it does work for me.

In terms of spot concealing, I think it depends on your skin type. I wouldn't recommend the Too Faced concealer as it doesn't have the greatest coverage and doesn't last long on the skin. The Urban Decay concealer is great as it doesn't cling to dry patches, but if you have oily/ normal skin and want maximum coverage then the Nars concealer is perfect!

So, the Urban Decay and Nars concealer do come close, if you have dry skin I would 100% go for the Urban Decay as the creamy texture of the Nars concealer may cling to dry patches and be a little too heavy - but for oily/ normal skin girls, it's Nars all the way, the extra coverage it provides just can't be beaten. I'm going to purchase the lightest shade and mix it with Vanilla for the perfect match.

What is your all time favourite high end concealer?


7.11.16

What University Taught Me



On Friday the 4th of November I officially became a graduate. I left university in June and I've been in full time work ever since, so it was both nice and slightly strange to go back to Chester and close the door on student life.

I only went to uni to study psychology because I was interested in the subject, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I have wrote a post about my current job role and how I have (very luckily) fell into a job that I love. I thought it would be nice to reflect on the three long  years I spent at uni, and the life lessons it has taught me.

Being different to others is absolutely ok

Have a different opinion to others? If you didn't know already, that's perfectly fine. Uni has taught me that being different to others is ok, and a very normal part of life. I learnt to just do my own thing without the worry of what other people may think, I like going into coffee shops on my own and writing blog posts, if you're not into that then that's cool! You meet people from all walks of life in uni, and it's important to give everyone a chance.

Don't doubt yourself 

Before university I was the type of person that needed constant reassurance - I never felt good enough. I would go to my dissertation meetings thinking I was on track for a fail and nervous that my supervisor would be disappointed - when I really didn't need to be! My motto now is "fake it till you make it" I realised that if I keep putting myself down and lacking in confidence then I wouldn't get anywhere.

Friends are really important

I went to uni having a fab group of best friends from home, and I've left still being really good friends with them! I met some people at uni that I really got on well with, but things just didn't work out. Before then I never realised how upsetting it can be to loose a friend you care about so much, it's like breaking up from a boyfriend! I've learnt to concentrate my efforts on people that care about me, that has made my life much happier and certainly put me in a better place.

If you've been to uni what life lessons has the experience taught you?


3.11.16

Autumn Skincare Routine



With the change of season comes a change of skincare...

At the start of this year I vowed to take better care of my skin, I have to say it was one of the best decisions I've made. I have oily skin that tends to become dehydrated over the cooler months, so my main priority is to ensure my skin is cleansed without being stripped of moisture. Over the past month I have made some changes to my skincare routine to match the change in season - so far, so good!

CLEANSE

Cleansing is a really important step for me - without a good cleanse, my skin causes havoc! To remove the first layer of makeup and my eye makeup, I like to use the Garner Micellar Cleansing Water. I don't class this as a cleanser at all, but it's nice to get most of my makeup off before I properly clean my skin. Out of all the cleansing waters I've tried, this is by far my favourite.

For years I used the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and I was pretty smitten with that, but back in September I started using the Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Facial Wash and it has become my new go to! Don't let foaming put you off, this cleanser balances the skin without leaving it feeling tight or stripped. My skin is producing no where near as much oil as it used to since using this, if you struggle with oily skin it's a must try!

For a long time I had small, under the skin spots/ bumps that just wouldn't shift. I tried everything from targeted spot treatments and double cleansing, but the only thing that has finally got rid of them is using the Magnitone BareFaced Daily Cleansing Brush. I use this morning and night combined with the Kiehl's facial wash, and now I just can't be without this little combo. My skin feels so much softer, and the best thing for me is how much clearer my skin looks. Over the past two years I started to notice enlarged pores and blackheads around my nose, and they are finally starting to clear and are definetly less noticeable. I just can't get over how much of a deep cleanse this product allows me to have, it's like a mini facial morning and night! It is gentle, easy to use and a welcomed addition to my routine. If anyone wants a more indepth review then let me know, I can confidently say the Magnitone is well worth the investment.

TREAT

The Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar is the next step in my routine. I pop a small amount on to a cotton pad and apply this all over my face, concentrating on my t-zone. This is a really refreshing step making it the perfect pick me up for the darker mornings (when all I want to do is crawl back into bed). In terms of the skin benefits this tightens pores and helps to eliminate dead cells - I don't think my routine will go without some sort of toner after using this.


ADD MOISTURE

My previous moisturiser just wasn't cutting it with the colder weather, so I have switched to using the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Gel Cream. Philosophy is a brand I have raved about before, and I love the idea behind their new range. At the minute I am working full time, doing a little freelance work and trying to blog too, so I'm pretty busy - the take a deep breath range aims to help dull and tired looking skin become more radiant and hydrated. This gel cream is creamy and luxurious feeling without being too heavy for my oily skin or clogging my pores. I have been using this morning and night for the past few weeks and I'm seriously impressed.

I have been wanting to introduce a eye cream into my routine for a while now, but I just didn't know which to go for. I have been using the Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye gel cream and I'm actually shocked by the results. Not only does my eye area look brighter, but my concealer has never looked as good or lasted as well as it does now. Seeing the visual improvements from this product has made me realise how dark and tired looking my eyes used to be.

These are the skincare bits I am using both morning and night this Autumn, throughout the week I will also use a face mask and some other treatments which I will be posting about soon... But these are the staples that are saving my skin whilst the weather turns colder!

Have you made your skincare changes for Autumn yet?


*Some products within this post have been sent for review purposes, all opinions my own

1.11.16

November Goals


If you haven't had a look at my previous goals posts I'll pop them here and here, I feel like they are linking together and becoming almost like a little monthly diary...

October had it's up and downs. I had to spend the majority of the money I had saved for the wedding on fixing my broken car, so that was pretty annoying. On the upside I'm back in the gym and feeling really good about it. I also had some amazing brands contact me - so plenty of good posts coming up!

Three blog posts I loved in October...
1) Sally - The Makeup Directory
2) Katy - KatyBelle
3) Sophie - Sophies Makeup

November Goals...

1) I had a sudden realisation this month that I've become a "glass half empty" kind of person. I've been feeling a little stressed and I started to look at every situation in a negative light. This month I'm going to try and think carefully before I react to situations, and to put it bluntly, just take things on the chin a little more.

2) I really want to try and get 3 blog posts up a week during November. I managed to gain over 100 new bloglovin' followers this month which is amazing, it makes me so happy to know that people enjoy my content enough to want to click the little follow button - that was definetly a high for October that made that horrid car bill a little more bearable.

3) I feel like when I mention something in these posts it gives me more motivation to do it. One thing I really need to do in November is sort out all the old posts lurking on this blog of mine. I can't get over the shocking photography, poorly written posts - and those broken links are killing me. I'm hoping I can go back through every post between now and the end of the year and make them the best they can be.

What are your goals for this coming month?


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